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Republicans could end this at any time

“Macro view of an urban person's hand on a chain link fence in De Nieuwe Stad” by Mitch Lensink on Unsplash

Republicans could end all of this horror, all of this galloping toward fascism, all of the abject cruelty at any time. At any time.

But they don’t.

Republicans could stop a family of grifters from using our government as a personal piggy bank. Could prevent Trump from welcoming brutal, bloody dictators with open arms and entreaties to make them both look “thin” and “handsome.”

But they don’t.

At any moment, Republicans could restore democracy. Any moment.

But they won’t.

Theories abound as to why they refuse to act, drifting around the chat-o-sphere like exculpatory butterflies. Mostly: “Why are they afraid of Trump? What does he have on them?”

And to that I respond, “Does it matter?”

Here’s the truth, the only truth, and the only thing that counts. Republicans want this.

Republicans.

Want.

This.

Disregard the hand-wringing and the finger wagging and the “is this who we ares” they send scuttling over social media. Those platitudes amount to nothing more than something to point to later, when the reckoning comes. Words mean nothing, only actions matter.

And what do their actions tell us?

Republicans.

Want.

This.

Let me ask you a question. What would it take, what would someone have to know about you for you to allow children to be shoved into prison camps when you have the power to stop it? What would it take to sit and watch the alienation of our allies while cozying up to enemies noted for their cruelty?

Would you allow a breastfeeding baby to bear the consequences for your actions?

Yeah. I didn’t think so.

“Pro-life” is a lie concocted as a cover for subjugating women, because someone who decides life begins at conception couldn’t possibly advocate for tearing a feeding child away from her mother, regardless of the justification. Someone who claims to be “pro-life” would vociferously join in the Senate bill to end the cruel practice of separating parents from children.

But as of this writing, only 39 Senators have joined Senator Dianne Feinstein in supporting S.3036. Only 40 total. Meaning 60 Senators have not.

Republicans.

Want.

This.

Remember it, internalize it, let your representatives know you know it. Republicans could end this at any time.

But they don’t.